Champ of the Camp
Winner of the Best Production of the Year award from regional film and broadcast industry publication, Digital Studio
“Champ of the Camp” touched the hearts of audience members across four Emirates in the first-ever wide release of an Arab documentary in the UAE and now it has won the top prize from its industry peers at Digital Studio Awards, beating out fiction, documentary, and corporate projects from across the MENA region to scoop up the Best Production of the Year prize.
On March 16, executives from the Middle East’s TV and film production industry converged on Dubai for the 10th edition of the Digital Studio Middle East Awards ceremony. The sector was recognised for excellence across 14 categories of awards covering the full spectrum of talent in the industry, from film production and post-production to technical innovation. The event kicked off with a speech from guest speaker, Mark Sanger, the Oscar winning editor of hit movie “Gravity.”
The evening then moved on to the announcement of the awards. The prestigious award for Best Production of the Year went to Veritas Films for “Champ of the Camp.” The award was accepted by director Mahmoud Kaabour and producer Eva Sayre.
Champ of the Camp
Champ of the Camp was featured in an in-depth piece on “Inside the Middle East”
Following the ground-breaking world premiere of
“Champ of the Camp,” CNN featured an in-depth piece on the film on “Inside the Middle
East,” which aired globally in February. You can watch the video piece on “Inside the Middle East.”
Teta, Alf Marra
Encore screening on top UAE TV channel
Just in case you missed it as it toured 55 festivals, or opened Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Arts in Doha, when it ran in theatres in Beirut, NYC, LA, Dubai and Abu Dhabi or as it was hailed by the press worldwide as one of the finest documentary offerings ever from the Arab world:
Mahmoud Kaabour's "Teta, Alf Marra" (Grandma, a Thousand Times) will be televised again on DUBAI ONE
Sat 5th of April at 21:00 Dubai time | 17:00 GMT
A New York Times "Critic’s Pick” and an official qualifier at the 2011 Academy awards, "Teta, Alf Marra" (Grandma, a Thousand Times) is a poetic documentary that celebrates the many worlds of Kaabour's feisty grandmother, braving themes of family, music, and love in a breath-taking visual style that was championed at film festivals worldwide by juries and audiences alike.
View Trailer on Youtube.
In its world premiere, “Kismet” was nominated and short-listed for the IDFA Best Mid-Length Documentary Award 2013.
"Kismet," the analytical documentary about the soft power exercised by Turkish soap operas, had a strong world premiere at the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam in November 2013. It competed and made the short-list in IDFA’sBest Mid-Length Documentary category.
Veritas Films co-produced the film in its UAE section which features scenes and characters in Abu Dhabi and Ras al Khaimah. The film is directed by Nina-Maria Paschalidou and produced by Forest Troop and Anemon Productions, in co-production with Al Jazeera and ARTE, in association with SVT, Knowledge Network, YLE, RTS, Channel 8, BTV, MRT and CYBC and with the support of the Media Programme of the EU, the Croatian and Bulgarian Film Centres.
Watch the trailer here.
Read about the film and
Veritas Films’ role in this article in The National.
Champ of the Camp
First-ever documentary from the labor camps of Dubai drew a crowd of 1,200+ and a standing ovation for our stars in attendance, the laborers.
On Sat Dec 7th, "Champ of the Camp" was shown at the 10th Dubai International Film Festival in one of the largest documentary premieres in recent history. 1,200+ people saw the narratives of the labor camps play out against the backdrop of Burj Khalifa, in a night of symbolic reconciliation between the larger public and the marginalized labor community. The press has been raving ever since. A positive change has started here. We thank everyone who supported our efforts and made this night happen!Read reviews of the film in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Selected additional press coverage of the world premiere: BBC Outlook, The National, Screen Daily, Gulf News, The Guardian.
Watch the trailer: